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Sara Prado

Adjunct Assistant Professor

13 Ricks Hall



Ph.D., Zoology, North Carolina State University
M.Sc., Entomology, North Carolina State University
B.Sc., Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University

Research interests

Broadly, my research interests lie in better understanding how well sustainable agriculture practices are able to deliver ecological benefits. Some of my recent work includes:

  • Using greenhouse systems to test the efficacy of biological control agents as a means to disrupt abundant herbaceous insects;
  • Evaluating pollinator diversity gradients across tropical row-crop systems;
  • Habitat effects on pollination services in coffee farms;
  • Sampling and instrumentation methods in field ecology;

In my current position as the as the CREdO coordinator for the CALS International Programs office, I work directly with countries around the globe to help them Connect Research, Education and Outreach (CREdO) efforts. In doing so, I engage with government agencies, universities and research institutions, and private industries to solve problems that can advance the economic development in rural areas. We do so specifically by:

  • Increasing the number of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research projects, prioritizing research that has a positive impact on rural economies,
  • Capacity building within universities and research institutions 
  • Promoting collaborations between universities, research institutions, and the private sector

Selected publications

S.G. Prado, J.A. Collazo, P. Stevenson & R.E. Irwin (In Press) A comparison of coffee floral traits under two different agricultural practices. Scientific Reports.

Prado, S.G., R.E. Irwin & J.A. Collazo (2018) Resurgence of specialized shade coffee cultivation: Effects on pollination services and quality of coffee production. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 265: 567-575.

Terando, A.J., Youngsteadt, E., Meineke, E.K. & S.G. Prado (2017) Ad hoc instrumentation methods in ecological studies produce highly biased temperature measurements. Ecology and Evolution. 7(23): 9890-9904.

Prado, S.G., H.T. Ngo, J.A. Florez, & J.A. Collazo. (2017) Sampling bees in tropical forests and agroecosystems: A review. Journal of Insect Conservation. August: 1-18.

Prado, S.G., S.E. Jandricic & S.D. Frank. (2015) Ecological Interactions Affecting the Efficacy of Aphidius colemani in Greenhouse Crops. Insects. 6(2): 538-575.

Engel, M.S. and S.G. Prado (2014) First record of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Sphecodes from Puerto Rico (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Journal of Melittology. 39: 1-6.

Prado, S.G. & S.D. Frank. (2014) Optimal foraging by an aphid parasitoid affects the outcome of apparent competition. Ecological Entomology. 39(2): 236-244.

Prado, S.G. & S.D. Frank. (2013) Tritrophic effects of plant growth regulators in an aphid-parasitoid system. Biological Control. 66(1): 72-76.


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